11/2/2019

Big Farmland Bird Count - the count has started!

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Credit: Spencer Mulholland 

NFU President Minette Batters and GWCT’s long-serving biodiversity advisor Pete Thompson braved StormErik to go bird-spotting on the first day of the 2019 Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC).

Traipsing through the pouring rain and gale-forced winds at Minette’s farm in Downton, Wiltshire with their binoculars, they spotted a flock of lapwing, red kites, herons, mute swans and geese.

They were joined by journalists from The Guardian, BBC Points West, BBC Wiltshire, Salisbury Journal, Western Daily Press, Country Life, Sporting Gun and That’s TV Salisbury.

The farmland birds spotted will be recorded and later submitted on www.bfbc.org.uk

All you need to do, like Minette and Pete, is spend 30 minutes on a patch of land recording the farmland birds you see from until February 17th.

With your help, it could be the biggest year yet for the BFBC.

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Credit: Spencer Mulholland 

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